QZ8501: Malaysia Deploys Military Assets To Assist SAR

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SEPANG, Dec 28 – Malaysia deployed three vessels and one aircraft, a C130 Hercules to assist in the search and rescue team for the missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, which is led by Indonesia authorities.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the vessels were on its way to Belitung area. He added the Malaysian government also established the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) at the Kuala Lumpur Air Traffic Control Centre (ATCC) in Subang to assist with the coordination effort in searching for QZ8501.

“The Malaysian government has committed and deployed its military assets to assist Indonesia with the search operations. “I have been in close contact with my counterparts in Indonesia, Ignasius Jonan and Singapore, Lui Tuck Yew to lend any available assistance in this time of need,” he said at a press conference at AirAsia’s management office, here today.

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